Cheyenne Knight, an amateur golfer from Aledo, said she exceeded her own expectations in her LPGA Tour debut at this week’s Volunteers of America Texas Shootout in Irving.
Knight, who plays college golf at Alabama, closed with a 72 in Sunday’s final round at Las Colinas Country Club to finish 1-under par for the tournament.
Breaking par over four rounds while competing against the pros, she said, was “very, very cool” and provided a memorable career highlight for a freshman who left the course with plans to race to the airport in time to catch a flight to Alabama that would put her in position to take a final exam Monday morning in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
“It was a great, unbelievable week,” Knight said. “I exceeded my own expectations for myself, making both cuts. It was an unbelievable experience and this is what I want to do after college.”
Her cheering section in Irving included lots of family and friends, including one grandmother, an uncle, an aunt, her high school golf coach and several other well-wishers with connections to Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Knight’s home course.
In terms of lessons learned, Knight said: “I’ve still got some things to work on. Playing with the pros showed me where I need to improve in parts of my game. But I’m infused with confidence in my own abilities. I’ve got to build on it.”